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14_HJR34 on Mar 12, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United
Source: H.J.RES.34 / S.J.RES.11
Constitutional Amendment
  1. Whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcome of public elections belong only to natural persons.
  2. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to restrict the power of Congress and the States to protect the integrity and fairness of the electoral process, limit the corrupting influence of private wealth in public elections, and guarantee the dependence of elected officials on the people alone by taking actions which may include the establishment of systems of public financing for elections, or the imposition of requirements to ensure the disclosure of [election] contributions and expenditures.
  3. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to alter the freedom of the press.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:[Supreme Court majority opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, for which the Constitutional Amendment is proposed as a remedy. The FEC had ruled that the movie "Hillary", released in 2008 to persuade voters against Hillary Clinton, was illegal because it was a disguised campaign contribution made by a corporation. The Supreme Court overruled the FEC]:

Modern day movies might portray public officials in unflattering ways. Yet if a covered transmission [is broadcast] during the blackout period, a felony occurs solely because a corporation, [instead of a candidate or donors, paid] in order to engage in political speech. Speech would be suppressed in the realm where its necessity is most evident: in the public dialogue preceding a real election. Governments are often hostile to speech, but it seems stranger than fiction for our Government to make this political speech a crime. Some members of the public might consider Hillary to be insightful and instructive; some might find it to be [unfair]; those assessments, however, are not for the Government to make.

Also see related Senate bill , S.J.R.11 and underlying Supreme Court case , Citizens United (2008)

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Corporations
  • Headline: Corporate political spending is not free speech (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Corporate political spending is not free speech (Score: 2)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14_HJR34

Sanford Bishop s1sGeorgia DemocratSep 19, 2013
Timothy Bishop s1sNew York DemocratMar 12, 2014
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratMar 12, 2013
Julia Brownley s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 8, 2014
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)Aug 1, 2013
Matt Cartwright s1sPennsylvania DemocratMar 12, 2013
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia DemocratMar 12, 2013
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island DemocratMar 12, 2013
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York DemocratSep 20, 2013
Emmanuel Cleaver s1sMissouri DemocratSep 18, 2013
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratMar 21, 2013
John Conyers s1sMichigan DemocratMar 12, 2013
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland DemocratJul 30, 2013
Peter Defazio s1sOregon DemocratMar 12, 2013
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut DemocratMar 12, 2013
Suzan DelBene s1sWashington DemocratJul 19, 2013
Ted Deutch s2pFlorida Democrat 
Lloyd Doggett s1sTexas DemocratSep 16, 2013
Tammy Duckworth s1sIL Democratic Senate candidateSep 16, 2013
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota DemocratMar 12, 2013
Eliot Engel s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalMar 12, 2013
Bill Enyart s1sIllinois DemocratSep 26, 2013
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 23, 2013
Lois Frankel s1sFlorida DemocratMar 12, 2013
Alan Grayson s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateMar 12, 2013
Gene Green s1sTexas DemocratMar 13, 2013
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratJul 30, 2013
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois DemocratMar 12, 2013
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida DemocratMar 12, 2013
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia DemocratJun 28, 2013
Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas DemocratMar 12, 2013
Bill Keating s1sMassachusetts DemocratMar 12, 2013
Robin Kelly s1sIllinois DemocratOct 4, 2013
Derek Kilmer s1sWashington DemocratJun 18, 2013
Ann Kirkpatrick s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Apr 23, 2013
Rick Larsen s1sWashington DemocratJun 12, 2013
John Larson s1sConnecticut DemocratMar 12, 2013
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratMar 13, 2013
John Lewis s1sGeorgia DemocratMar 12, 2013
David Loebsack s1sIowa DemocratJul 30, 2013
Alan Lowenthal s1sCalifornia DemocratMar 12, 2013
Michelle Lujan-Grisham s1sNew Mexico DemocratJul 19, 2013
Sean Maloney s1sNew York DemocratApr 30, 2014
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts DemocratMay 14, 2013
Grace Meng s1sNew York DemocratApr 7, 2014
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Mar 12, 2013
Gwen Moore s1sWisconsin DemocratDec 3, 2013
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Mar 12, 2013
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratMar 12, 2013
Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratApr 4, 2014
Frank Pallone s1sNew Jersey DemocratJun 11, 2014
Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2014)Jul 18, 2013
Ed Perlmutter s1sColorado DemocratMar 12, 2013
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine DemocratMar 12, 2013
Mark Pocan s1sWisconsin DemocratJul 19, 2013
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois DemocratDec 5, 2013
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1sCalifornia DemocratSep 16, 2013
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois DemocratSep 23, 2013
Tim Ryan s1sOhio DemocratMar 12, 2013
John Sarbanes s1sMaryland DemocratMar 12, 2013
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois DemocratMar 12, 2013
Brad Schneider s1sIllinois DemocratJan 28, 2014
Kurt Schrader s1sOregon DemocratMar 12, 2013
Carol Shea-Porter s1sNew Hampshire DemocratMay 14, 2013